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MMT Collects Sub-bottom Profiler Data

Kongsberg TOPAS 40 data example from the MMT survey, showing outcropping bedrock covered in parts by layered clay. The clay occasionally contains gas filled sediments. (Photo credit: MMT)

MMT (Sweden) completed a survey which includes collection of parametric sub-bottom profile (SBP) data with a Kongsberg TOPAS PS 40 system. The system was hullmounted on MMT´s survey vessel Triad. The survey covered an area of 6000 km2 in the Baltic Sea with an extensive amount of data. The SBP data was collected during a hydrographic survey for the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) where high resolution bathymetric data will be used to update sea charts. Additionally will the SBP data from TOPAS PS 40 give the client a detailed picture of the sediment layers of the surveyed area. MMT´s Technical and Operation Director Martin Wikmar commented, “This particular project has given us extensive experience in high graded parametric sub-bottom profiling. By providing our client the best systems and methods on the market we continuously prove that we are a forefront survey company.” www.mmt.se  


L-3 SAM to Supply Electrical Package for DanTysk Wind Project

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that together with its associated L-3 companies, it has been awarded a major contract for the supply and installation of the electrical system package on an accommodation platform being built in Kiel, Germany, by Nobiskrug of Rendsburg as part of the DanTysk offshore wind farm project jointly developed by Stadtwerke München (SWM) and Vattenfall. The accommodation platform for the new wind farm is designed to permanently support O&M personnel for


Unithai Shipyard Has Four Vessels Under Repair

Thailand’s Unithai Shipyard & Engineering currently has four vessels undergoing repair - Technomar Shipping’s 33,185 dwt containership Kota Perwira, Ahrenkiel Shipmanagement’s 26,140 dwt bulk carrier Caria, the Almog, a general cargo vessel owned by Dynamic Shipping Services, and the Spar Cetus, a 45,146 dwt bulk carrier from Fleet Management. Unithai Shipyard has another four vessels scheduled to arrive throughout this month (May) - the Stolt Alliance, a 12


First CARAT Exercise Phase Concludes in Philippines

U.S. and Philippine Marines guide their assault boat to sea after departing from the stern ramp of dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) during an amphibious assault exercise near Pilas Island, Philippines. The Philippine Marine Corps is training with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) during the 1st phase of the 13th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series


Editorial: When Up is Down, is Down Up?

As editors, much of our time is spent reading and evaluating, examining a wealth of information to help us determine in which direction particular market segments are heading; trying to forecast “what's hot ... what's not.” Given that this is the Offshore Annual edition, much of my reading and discussions of late have centered on offshore oil and gas production, and the myriad of political and market forces that ultimately determine the "what," "where's


Vroon Name Subsea Support Vessel

VOS Shine: Photo credit Vroon

Vroon Offshore Services name their new SSV 'VOS Shine' in a ceremony at Den Helder in The Netherlands VOS Shine was christened by Mrs Gwen Klaphake, wife of Mr Rolf de Vries, Managing Director, Blue Stream Offshore B.V.. the first charterer of the vessel. The new vessel is a DP-2 Subsea Support Vessel, built at Fujian Southeast Shipyard, Fuzhou in China. Brief particulars of VOS Shine: Length o.a 59.25 m Beam o.a 14.95 m DP Class Class 2, ABS


Signal Wins Crosco Contract

Signal International, LLC has announced that its Pascagoula Mississippi east shipyard will upgrade The Zagreb I, a semi submersible drilling rig, for Crosco; the offshore drilling contractor headquartered in Croatia. The work is scheduled to commence in mid-February upon completion of a wet tow of the rig to the Gulf of Mexico from the Ivory Coast of Africa. The work will include replacement of deck cranes, living quarters upgrade


Tognum to Supply Engines for New Ferry

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The propulsion system and power generation specialist, Tognum, has won a contract for its Engines business unit from the Australian shipyard Austal to supply four large diesel engines. The 20V 8000 M71L-model MTU engines, each capable of 9,100 kW (12,376 PS), will provide the main propulsion for the new catamaran ferry Jean de la Valetta operated by Virtu Ferries from Malta. The vessel will also use four on-board gensets powered by S60 engines


Keppel To Build New Jackup Worth US$195 Million For Mexico

Keppel AmFELS LLC, a US wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has won a contract from Mexico's Perforadora Central SA de CV (Perforadora Central) to build a repeat jackup rig valued at about US$195 million. Slated for delivery in 1Q 2013, this latest high specification unit will be based on the LeTourneau Super 116E design. Unlike the existing LeTourneau Super 116Es, this will be the first Super 116E newbuild to be further enhanced to provide


Washington Slams Moscow for 'False Claims' list on Ukraine

 The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued a list of 10 false claims it said Russia was    making in order to justify its operation in Ukraine following Moscow's annexation of the Crimea region last month.   Pulling off its diplomatic gloves, Washington issued its second list in just over a month of false claims it said Russia was    making about Ukraine.   "Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions


Big Spending on Liquefaction Terminals

Capital expenditure (Capex) on global liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities is expected to total $259 billion over the forecast period 2015-2019, according to the new ninth edition of Douglas-Westwood’s (DW) World LNG Market Forecast 2015-2019


Affordable SATCOM for Workboat Applications

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SATCOM edges closer to providing standardized services to the workboat sector. It’s affordable now and someday soon, you won’t be able to afford to be without it. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based JouBeh Technologies today makes it possible for far flung workboats to transmit critical data


Plans in Place to Test Intermodal River Transport

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The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company has announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation, utilizing the largest flat-top crane in North America owned by the Paducah Riverport Authority and Ingram’s towboats and barges.


UK North Sea Workers Give "Overwhelming" Support for Strike

Trade unions Unite and GMB said members working offshore in Britain's North Sea oil and gas industry had shown overwhelming support for industrial action in a consultative ballot which closed at 1200 GMT on Friday. Unite's members covered by the Offshore Contractors' Agreement delivered a 93


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


French Coast Braced for Giant Tide

Photo by France’s National Hydrographic Service

  Towns on France's North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week's solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997. At the picturesque Mont Saint Michel island where some of the biggest tides in the


Culina Group to Set Base at Peel Group's Port Salford

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  Food and drink logistics giant, Culina Group, has been announced as the first major tenant at the new National Import Centre being developed by the Peel Group, as part of its multi-million pound Port Salford development (located approximately 6 miles (9


Nexen Closing Crude Oil Trading Division

Nexen Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of China's CNOOC Ltd, is closing its crude oil trading division following a round of job cuts announced last week, four market sources said on Monday.   The Calgary-based company, which was acquired by state-controlled CNOOC in 2013 for $15


Mega Ships and Cyber Attacks Pose New Threats

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Shipping losses continued their long-term downward trend with 75 reported worldwide in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS)  third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015


US-built Survey Vessel Delivered to Fugro

Photo courtesy of Fugro

Newbuild shallow draft survey vessel Fugro Americas was delivered to Fugro on March 18, 2015. Built by Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors in Louisiana, with supervision by Fugro Marine Services Custom, the new vessel is designed to Fugro’s specifications


Fire Aboard Teekay-owned FPSO Petrojarl Knarr

The FPSO Petrojarl Knarr being towed by Fairmount Marine tugs from South Korea to Norway (file photo)

  A fire started aboard the Teekay-owned FPSO Petrojarl Knarr this morning. The fire was the second aboard the FPSO unit, which was built in 2014, during its young life at sea.   The blaze occurred just a week after the Petrojarl Knarr produced its first oil from the Knarr field in


PDVSA's Oil Exports to Asia, Americas Fell in 2014

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's exports to Asia and the Americas fell last year though shipments to Europe increased, according to a preliminary government report issued this month.   The OPEC country's Oil Ministry did not explain the overall drop in exports in its report to Parliament


Shipping Losses Lowest in 10 Years

Graph: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

 2014 was the safest for world shipping in a decade according to the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015. Global shipping losses continued their downward trend with 75 reported in last year.  


ABS Updates Guidance on LNG Bunkering

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  ABS has updated its guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America to support the transport sector's increasingly rapid transition to the use of cleaner fuels. The second edition of ABS' Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America was released today


Rosneft Cancels Rig Contract

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  Russian oil firm Rosneft has cancelled a contract for a two-and-a-half year rig contract with Northern Offshore and Seadrill's North Atlantic Drilling Ltd, the Norwegian offshore driller said. Western sanctions against Russia, and Rosneft in particular






 
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